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you are watching nhk world news line. we begin with encouraging news of the rescue in miyagi prefecture. self defense forces say they found a young man eight days after the earthquake hit central japan. rescuers found the man in the collapsed house on saturday morning. he was immediately taken to a
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hospital. the self-defense forces say a young man has been rescued in miyagi prefecture eight days after the earthquake hit. the man was found in a collapsed house on saturday morning. he was immediately taken to a hospital. our best wishes for his recovery. at the troubled in fukushima , the fight continues to fight the radiation hazard. it will resume the operation in the afternoon. tokyo electric power company is making efforts to restore power to the cooling system. the tokyo fire department began spraying water into the storage pool into the number three reactor building early on saturday morning. it suspended the operation after spraying water for 20 minutes to connect electricity cables.
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five fire engines and 13 firefighters were the at site. one truck has a 22 meter discharging arm.the firefighter to resume spraying on saturday afternoon. they have left the hose in place so as not to delay the resumption of the work. water in the pool spent nuclear fuel is vaporizing because the cool system has failed. this could expose the fuel rods causing them to melt and discharge radioactive material in the air. on friday afternoon, the sdf used six special fire trucks to spray water in the building. they sprayed 50 tons of water in 40 minutes. there a pressing need to cool fuel at the fukushima power plant. workers are carrying out the efforts to try to restore electricity there.
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>> the problem started at the plant after it lost the power to keep feeding the reaction and storage pools with water. when the cooling systems shutdown, experts immediately began looking for ways to connect the plant to outside power sources. the number of options were considered. experts decided on an idea that came to them in an emergency drill conducted at the number five reactor last november. >> this is a video of the training conducted based on the facts at the cooling function have been compromised. >> but this time around, it wasn't one reactor, but all six that lost power. four also lost their emergency back-up power. something the plant's operators
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never thought could happen. the professor at the tokyo institute of technology says nobody ever expected problems on this scale. he says he cannot imagine how to go about dealing with them. he says the people at the plant will also have been baffled as to what should be done. in today's plan, work is difficudivided into three tasks. restore power at the number one and two and the number three and four reactors and repairs at the number five and six reactors. the plan is to use it as a power source to draw electricity from outside sources. the electric company is trying to restore power at the number
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two reactor. why does the company give higher precedence at the number two reactor when the building has been hardly damaged? the nuclear industry and safety official says is it is because the building is undamaged. he says it is necessary to restore the cooling system by repairing the power system. about 20 people are working on the number two reactor. electricity from outside power sources reaches the reserve transformer on the ground. a power cable is to be laid over a distance of 1.5 kilometers to reach a temporary transformer near the reactor building. workers will lay the cable to connect it to another transformer in the number two reactor.
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this way they plan to send electric power to all six reactors. restoration work at the damaged plant faces a number of problems. the biggest issue is how to shield workers from radiation. radiation of ten millisieverts per hour at reactor one and 15 millisieverts at the number two reactor. the operation must be carried out based on levels of radiation observed in place. workers involved are required to put on protective gear. the maximum tolerable amount of radiation each worker is to be exposed to during one stint is set at 100 millisieverts.
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it is hard work carried out in the dark in a race against time. the restoration of power does not resolve the whole problem. most of the motors and switch boards at the plant have been submerged by the tsunami and they cannot be used. thorough examination must be carried out to determine if there is a leakage. if there are problems, work is necessary to restore unusable products with new ones. >> tokyo electric power company says some of the workers at the power plant have been exposed to more than 100 millisieverts of radiation. tepco disclosed the information early on saturday. the company says this is its
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first ever crisis. it has decided to raise the limit to 150 millisieverts. it will not send workers back after 100 millisieverts of radiation. radiation levels outside the evacuation zone are not harmful for human health. >> there are low levels of radiation measured. we understand the concern of people living outside the 30 kilometer radius. that they may be affected. the evidence so far, the radiation levels measured would say that there is little public health danger from the radiation there. if you are living in tokyo or yokohama or further afield, there is little public health risk. >> w.h.o. spokesperson was speaking at a regular news conference in geneva on friday.
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he says the w.h.o. finds no public health reasons to travel to japan. some countries are encouraging their citizens to leave japan. referring to japanese food imports. he said he cannot imagine any food from the quake-damaged areas could have been delivered since the tremor. he said he concludes that there is no risk of exported japanese food being contaminated with radiation. one week has passed since the 9.0 earthquake has hit japan. the number of dead has reached over 7,000. the worst ever death toll since world war ii. nearly 20,000 are still missing. japan's national police agency says 7,197 deaths have been confirmed and over 18,000 people
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have been unaccounted for. the death toll exceeded the great haji earthquake in 1995. 280,000 people are taking shelter in northeastern japan. many shelters are short of food and water.
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. u.s. president barack obama has ordered moammar gadhafi stopped all of the attacks on the libyan people. >> now, once more, moammar gadhafi has a choice. the resolution that passed lays out very clear conditions that must be met. the united states, the united kingdom, france and arab states agree that a cease-fire must be implemented immediately. that means all attacks against civilians must stop. >> british prime minister david cameron said that britton will judge gadhafi by his actions and not words.
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reuters quoted a french spokesperson saying that gadhafi continues to press the libyan people. france expressed the interests in the enforcement of the no-fly zone. let's take a look at the world weather forecast. we wrap up with news of a young man who has been rescued in miyagi prefecture.
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eight days after the earthquake and tsunami hit eastern japan. that is the man that rescuers found in a collapsed house on saturday morning. he was immediately taken to a hospital nearby. that is all for this edition of nhk newsline. we will be back with more updates.
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and six, workers plan to restore cables to have power at the plant. it is planned to be used as a power source to generate
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electricity from outside sources. crews are rushing at the number two reactser. why does the company give higher precedence to the buildings? the nuclear and industry safety agency officials say it is because the building is undamaged. it is difficult to put water into it from outside. he says it is necessary to restore the cooling system by repairing the power system. about 20 people are working on the number two reactor. electricity from outside power sources reaches the reserve transformer on the ground. a power cable will be laid over 1.5 kilometers to reach a transformer near the reactor building. workers plan to lay the cable through the buildings through the number one and three buildings to connect it to the number two reactor.
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this way they plan to send electric power to all six reactors. restoration work at the damaged plant faces a number of problems. the biggest issue is how to shield workers from radiation. radiation of ten millisieverts per hour near the number one reactor has been determined. this tokyo electric power company official says the operation must be carried out based on levels of radiation observed in place. workers involved are required to put on protective gear. the maximum tolerable amount of radiation each worker is to be exposed to is set at 100 millisieverts. it is hard work carried out in
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the dark in a race against time. the restoration of power does not resolve the whole problem. most of the motors and switch boards at the plant have been submerged by the tsunami and they cannot be used. thorough examination must be carried out to determine whether there is a leakage of electricity and if the switch boards are usable. if they are working, they must be replaced with new ones. >> tokyo electric power company says some of the workers at the power plant have been exposed to radiation of more than 100 millisieverts. that is the limit that is set
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for workers in an emergency. tepco disclosed the information on saturday. the company says it is the first ever crisis. it has decided to raise the limit to 150 millisieverts. workers will not be sent back to the plant after 100 millisieverts. the world health organization says the levels outside the zone are not harmful for human health. >> outside the radius, there have been low levels of radiation measured. we understand the concern of people living outside of the 30 kilometer radius that they might be affected. the evidence so far, the radiation levels measured would say that there is little public health danger from the radiation there. if you are living in tokyo or yokohama, there is little public health risk. >> w.h.o. spokesperson was speaking at a news conference in geneva on friday. he says there is no public
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health reason to avoid japan except to affected areas. some countries are encouraging their citizens to leave japan. referring to examination of food. he cannot imagine any food from the quake-damaged areas could have been delivered since the tremor. he says there is no risk of japanese food contaminated with radiation. one week has passed since the magnitude 9.0 earthquake has hit japan. the number of dead has reached over 7,000. the worst devastation since world war ii. nearly 20,000 are still missing. japan's national police agency says 7,197 deaths have been confirmed. over 18,000 people remain unaccounted for. the death toll exceeds that of the great haji earthquake in
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1995 which killed 6,434 people. more than 280,000 people are taking shelter in three prefecture in northeastern japan. many shelters are short of food and supplies. relief efforts are hampered due to shortage of fuel. weather officials warn that high tides are likely to last for one week from saturday. some ground levels in quake-hit areas have sunk. leaving coastal areas vulnerable to flooding. it is not like that from a tsunami as people will have time to act given the sea levels will increase gradually. japan's foreign ministry has received urgent inquiries about 400 nationals that remain unaccounted for since the quake and tsunami. among them is taylor anderson from the united states. parents in richmond, virginia, are seeking whereabouts on the
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information on their daughter. taylor had been teaching for three years at the high schools in miyagi prefecture. after watching news of the disaster on tv, the anderson repeatedly tried to reach their daughter by phone with no success. since, they continue to make efforts to locate taylor sending inquiries to the u.s. government. jean anderson says she has been looking at pictures her daughter sent. including one that shows her wearing a summer kimono. she says taylor was enjoying live in japan. >> i would love to go there if i could go. i would be there now and help in
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some way. i know that. if someone told me i would not be in the way, i would go. we would both go. we now turn to libya. the government has asked china, germany and two other countries to send observers to monitor the cease-fire. the foreign minister released a statement on friday night over a cease-fire with anti-government forces. this came offer the u.n. security council adoption to prevent the administration of moammar gadhafi from continuing the attacks on opposition forces. reporters were told that government forces are being deployed university the operation strong hold in the northeast. the troops would not enter the city and he wants the situation there to be monitored. opposition forces say government troops are continuing their
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attacks despite the declared cease-fire. u.s. president obama has stated that moammar gadhafi stop the attacks on the people. >> once more, moammar gadhafi has a choice.
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